The Mayor of Minerbio, Lorenzo Minganti, was completely right to stop the process of handing out a citizenship to a person who could neither speak nor read in Italian. Of course race, culture or religion has nothing to do with it and should never be used to deny anyone the right either to apply for permanent residency in any country. At the very least being able to communicate in the native language where expats have taken root must be a pre-requisite, that is, after a certain ‘study’ period. There are many reasons why people move to another country and Bologna with its now 150 nations, up to 60,000 neoBolognese residents, is beginning to feel the impact of this incredible growth. And one of the negative aspects that locals often complain about is when the non-natives don’t speak the lingo. It’s not just a matter of morals or cultural obligations but an act of simple courtesy. Huge benefits and opportunities can fly by in the face of not being able to communicate. Furthermore, it also sets a terrible example to younger people and kids as it can be misconstrued that the ‘new’ language may not be as beautiful, which in turn can be arrogant. Therefore, we really need to encourage our foreign born friends, neighbors and family members to try a bit harder. There’s really no excuse for living here and not being able to talk the talk.